Scroll down the page to learn about some
key milestones in CPF BC & Yukon’s history!
1968 – BC’s 1st French Immersion program starts in Maillardville, Coquitlam.
1975 – A group of Burnaby parents found the Burnaby French Language Preschool.
1977 – Canada’s first Commissioner of Official Languages, Keith Spicer, hosts “Parents’ Conference on French Language and Exchange Opportunities” in Ottawa. Canadian Parents for French is created.
1978 – BC Parents for French is founded. Would later change to CPF BC & Yukon.
1978 – Secretary of State-funded national study of parents’ interest French language education.
1980 – Publication of So You Want Your Child To Learn French!
1980 – 3,000 National CPF members.
1981 – CPF begins push to improve post-secondary opportunities for FSL graduates and teacher training. Today (2016), opportunities abound, as we saw with WhereAreTheyNow.ca.
1982 – All school boards offering French Immersion receive mailout from CPF containing resources and CPF materials.
1983 – First ever Concours d’art oratoire!
1983 – Elaine Barbour calls a community meeting to bring French Immersion to East Vancouver.
1986 – Brenda Dewonck and a friend self-publish French Immersion Guide for Parents, giving parents a handbook for helping with their child’s education.
1988 – Val Biffert, Williams Lake parents and BCPF Branch staff found CPF Williams Lake Chapter.
1990 – 17,000 National CPF members.
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